no-win situation


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no-win situation

A problem that has no ideal solution. In this day and age, most political candidates find themselves in a no-win situation when it comes to pleasing all of their constituents. If I leave for work now, I'm going to be stuck sitting in traffic, and if I wait until the traffic clears, I'm going to be late. It's a no-win situation.
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no-win situation

a situation where there is no correct or satisfactory solution. The general was too weak to fight and too proud to surrender. It was a no-win situation. The huge dog my father gave us as a gift eats too much. If we get rid of the dog, my father will be insulted. If we keep it, we will go broke buying food for it. This is a classic no-win situation.
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no-win situation

A situation certain to end in failure or disappointment, as in If the in-laws visit them or they visit the in-laws, either way they see it as a no-win situation . [c. 1960]
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no-win situation

n. a situation in which there is no hope of success. I find myself in a no-win situation again.
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The estate could then find itself in a no-win situation.
The result is a no-win situation for the Government.
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His 1965 coverage of the burning of Cam Ne, for example, hit on the truth that American military forces were in a no-win situation when it came to subduing the internal Viet Cong insurrection.
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This is a no-win situation which the American people may end up losing big in the long run and no one wins.
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It is a harrowing and powerful portrait of men trying to do their best in what seems like a no-win situation.
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